Tracey L. Kelley
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What Is Languishing and How Does It Impact Your Mental Health?

When we think of someone flourishing in life, we notice their vitality, contagious energy, and general positivity. Languishing, a term popularized by psychologist and sociologist Corey Keyes, is the opposite of that. For some people, this state of being might only be temporary. For people with mental health issues, it can make managing their conditions...
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Understanding Bulimia Nervosa and How to Get Help

Eating disorders often have complicated origins: they’re not always about consuming too much or too little food. That behavior is a symptom of much greater mental health concerns. When someone suffers from bulimia nervosa, commonly known as bulimia, proper treatment includes not only understanding and modifying the condition, but also uncovering what prompted it and...
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Methods for Better Sleep

It’s common to think we can get by on little sleep occasionally, as we can always make it up later. In reality, we should pay close attention to our “sleep hygiene” and do all we can to get better rest. What Is Sleep Hygiene? The Sleep Foundation defines sleep hygiene as “a variety of different...
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The Value of Self-Care Routines for Better Health

Self-care is often a buzzword that many people grow weary of hearing, simply because they think it involves a lot of snake-oil products or unrealistic methods. While there might be a little of that in the marketplace, it benefits you to take the concept seriously and develop what helps you be your best. “You Can’t...
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How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Mental Health

Unless you’ve already been through aspects of trauma therapy, you might be unfamiliar with the term “adverse childhood experiences” or ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences are specific criteria that mental health professionals use to assess what traumas children or adults might have faced, and why treatment must resolve these issues before healing can begin. Understanding ACEs...
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The Trauma of Complicated Grief

There are many reasons why people might spiral into an abyss of grief. What makes it more challenging is when they also feel they can’t fully express themselves or seem to come to terms with the loss. Finding support to not only accept grief and loss but also learn methods to move through it often...
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What to Know About Urge Surfing

When you feel you’re about to be overcome by your thoughts or emotions, knowing how to “urge surf” can help bring you back to center. This mindfulness technique, often used in addiction recovery, is also an essential coping skill for better mental and emotional health. What Is Urge Surfing? The foundation of urge surfing is...
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What Is Exercise Addiction?

Everyone knows that one foundational pillar of wellness is exercise. So why could too much of it be bad for your health? Unfortunately, some people develop an exercise addiction that’s often a symptom of mismanaged obsessive-compulsive disorder or an eating disorder. Understanding Exercise Addiction You’ve probably heard of a “runner’s high”: a sensation experienced after...
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Addiction, Mental Health, and PTSD Treatment for Veterans

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states a cold, hard fact: Veterans and active military personnel with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) are three times more likely to receive a diagnosis of depression and/or PTSD. So if you or a loved one need professional help for SUD or AUD, mood disorders,...
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Holistic Tips for Insomnia Relief

You hear it everywhere: get better sleep, and all is right in the world! But what if sleep is eluding you for one reason or another? Here are some natural solutions to improve sleep hygiene and overcome insomnia. Wait—What Is Sleep Hygiene? According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep hygiene is the foundation of daily routines...
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